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chitarra classica

Classical Guitar

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Aquila Alabastro Chitarra Classica

Alabastro®

Aquila Perla Chitarra Classica

Perla®

Ambra_2000

Ambra 2000®

INTRODUCTION

Until the mid-20th century the top three strings of the guitar were mounted exclusively in gut, a material that had been used for thousand of years and that combines excellent promptness of attack with brilliance of timbre – very different, in other words, from modern Nylon & Fluocarbon strings. And until recently the typical sound quality of gut has been a constant point of reference for lute-makers, composers and performers alike. A fundamental aim of our research has therefore been to make a new synthetic product having the same acoustic properties as gut – but without its typical defects – (high cost, limited duration and high instability under varying climatic). The Supernylgut® has precisely these qualities: allowing one, on the one hand, to rediscover the sonorities familiar to the great 19th and 20th century masters; and guaranteeing, on the other, a stability of tuning higher even than that of the best gut and nylon strings.

Please notice: Just like gut, the Supernylgut® is liable to suffer from cutting edges. Before stringing the instrument do make sure the nut and bridge are free from sharp edges and the nut grooves not too deep and perfectly smooth. You can get rid of sharp edges with very fine grit sandpaper (600, for example) or the finest steelwool (000).

IMPORTANT

The best sound quality develops when the strings have completely set, which may ordinarily take sometime. To achieve a stable intonation in just a few minutes you can repeatedly pinch each string at midlength with your fingers, pull it decidedly sideways and tune it up again. Stop when the string does not pull out of tune anymore.

For more information

For more information read our FAQ or also Are you one of those who thinks that the strings of the classical guitar have all the same tension?

To learn more about the New Nylgut: www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand-Himawari/9169/genkonjaku3_E.html

Which are the performances of the ‘Supernylgut® strings? Hear here Stefano Grondona playing J,. S. Bach with an original Antonio de Torres guitar (Ed. Stradivarius, October 2010).


CLASSICAL GUITAR ALABASTRO SETS

Until the mid-20th century all Treble guitar strings were made in gut, a material that had been used for thousand of years and that combines good promptness of attack and excellent performances . A fundamental aim of our research has therefore been to design a new synthetic product having the same acoustic properties as gut, but without its typical defects (high cost, short lifetime, high instability under moisture changes). Our Supernylgut® has precisely all these good qualities without all these defects. Its features include promptness of attack, excellent performances and a truly remarkable stability of intonation under moisture changes. The Alabastro Basses, wound with high quality- silver-plated copper, consist of a Suprnylgut® multifilament core that ensures not only a high resistance to tensile stress but also a low absorption of both atmospheric humidity and sweat. Three tension’s sets. String colur: gut colour and pearl.

ATTENTION: the lack of clear guidance from the client will result in the shipment of strings with TENSION Normal

PRICES FOR ALABASTRO SETS

code Set type Tension Euro excluding IVA-VAT-TVA (except for non-EU customers)
97C ALABASTRO SET Light 10,30
19C ALABASTRO SET Normal 10,30
20C ALABASTRO SET Superior 10,30
106C ALABASTRO SET Mix 10,30

CLASSICAL GUITAR PERLA SETS

We are proud to introduce the Bionylon® bionylon the first eco-friendly synthetic string in the world. The first three strings are made of rounded, smooth Bionylon® monofilament with gut string colour – a new material discovered by us- that also boasts excellent acoustic and mechanical properties. Bionylon® is 68% a plant’s derivate; this allows a reduction of more of 50% of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere during the polymer- synthesis than the other common Nylons employed for musical strings. The bass strings, wound with high quality- silver-plated copper, consist of a New Nylgut® multifilament core that ensures not only a high resistance to tensile stress but also a moisture low absorption. This allows a rapid and stable intonation under moisture changes.

ATTENTION: the lack of clear guidance from the client will result in the shipment of strings with TENSION Normal

PRICES FOR PERLA SETS

code Set type Tension Euro excluding IVA-VAT-TVA (except for non-EU customers)
37C PERLA SET Normal 10,30
38C PERLA SET Superior 10,30
107C PERLA SET Mix 10,30

CLASSICAL GUITAR AMBRA 2000 SETS

Ambra_2000 SUPERNYLGUT

Up to the middle of the 20th century, the only available strings for guitar were gut strings for Trebles and silk wound strings for basses: their acoustical performance was different from that of modern Guitar- setup. The salient characteristics of the past setups were: a marked tonal presence, response and brightness typical of the top gut string (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to fluocarbon strings) while the basses, on the other hand, possessed an exquisitely vocal quality, i.e. not so bright as, and with less sustain than, modern wound on nylon strings and more fundamental heavy. Our Ambra set was developed in order to best re-create, by means of modern synthetic materials, a different feel. This set was conceived for one grade of tension and consists of -gut coloured Supernylgut® for Trebles, while for the basses (silvered copper wires wound on Supernylgut® multifilament core) we employed a different balance between wire and core in order to obtain warm and deep performances

PRICES FOR AMBRA 2000 STRINGS

Code Euro excluding IVA-VAT-TVA (except for non-EU customers)
108C 10,30

10 STRING GUITAR SETS

Courtesy of VIKTOR VAN NIEKERK, ten-string guitar Yepes tuning Aquila strings

Code set tension Euro excluding IVA-VAT-TVA (except for non-EU customers)
92C 10 strings classical guitar baroque tuning ABCDEADgbe normal 26,80
109C 10 strings Classical guitar yepes tuning F#G#A#CEADgbe normal 26,80

Aquila guitar tensions (in Kg)

Note Perla (Normal) Perla (Superior) Alabastro (Light) Alabastro (Normal) Alabastro (Superior) Ambra 2000
mi 7.0 Kg 7.7 Kg 7.6 Kg 8.0 Kg 8.6 Kg 8.0 Kg
si 6.0 Kg 6.3 Kg 6.5 Kg 6.8 Kg 7.4 Kg 6.8 Kg
sol 5.5 Kg 5.8 Kg 6.0 Kg 6.4 Kg 6.7 Kg 6.4 Kg
RE 7.4 Kg 7.8 Kg 7.3 Kg 7.4 Kg 7.8 Kg 7.4 Kg
LA 7.7 Kg 8.5 Kg 7.5 Kg 7.7 Kg 8.5 Kg 7.7 Kg
MI 6.6 Kg 7.5 Kg 6.4 Kg 6.6 Kg 7.5 Kg 6.6 Kg

Aquila guitar string- gauges (mm)

Note Perla (Normal) Perla (Superior) Alabastro (Light) Alabastro (Normal) Alabastro (Superior) Ambra 2000
mi .68 mm .71 mm .63 mm .65 mm .67 mm .65 mm
si .84 mm .86 mm .78 mm .80 mm .83 mm .80 mm
sol 1.01 mm 1.04 mm .94 mm .97 mm 1.00 mm .97 mm
RE .70 mm .71 mm .69 mm .70 mm .71 mm .62 mm
LA .86 mm .90 mm .84 mm .86 mm .90 mm .79 mm
MI 1.06 mm 1.08 mm 1.05 mm 1.06 mm 1.08 mm 1.02 mm

 

Recent comments

M° Massimo Gasbarroni – Italy
Come le accennavo frettolosamente, anch’io come, credo, tutti i chitarristi di questo mondo, abbiamo sempre avuto il problema di reperire delle corde di chitarra con delle prestazioni meccaniche e sonore accettabili.
Quando ero studente, fine anni quaranta-cinquanta ho provato anche le corde di budello e di seta naturalmente.
Ma se andavano bene per piccoli spazi non erano certo adatte ad una moderna sala da concerto, come ad esempio il Teatro Petruzzelli, 3000 posti, dove tenni un concerto senza problemi.
Sembrerebbe, a meno di un colossale abbaglio, che con le sue corde io possa aver finito di soffrire…
Julian Roach – UK
… After two weeks of playing on them every day I am still delighted with them….I find them molto cantabile, with excellent sustain, quick in their response and highly responsive to variation in touch. They bring a new kind of sound out of my Sakurai-Kohno, a very ’alive’ kind of sound. I normally play on D’Addario Pro Arte, which I regard both as excellent strings and good value. Alabastros cost a lot more, but I will pay the difference for their distinctive charm. I thought you might like to know that you have a customer in the UK who is very pleased with your strings…
KIM MEYER – CANADA
Eventually I got my banjo tuned to standard G tuning….
I had to shorten a couple of the strings because of too many wraps around the tuner post, but now it stays in tune.
I love these Nylgut strings…
Castellaro Davide – The Utopia Custom shop – Italy
… In questo periodo diversi miei clienti mi chiedono i Vostri prodotti…
ANDREA PETTINARI – ITALY
Vi vorrei rivolgere i miei più sentiti complimenti per il lavoro che svolgete, e il senso di orgoglio che mi compisce nel pensare che un’azienda italiana lavori in questo modo. Ho iniziato a suonare anche grazie a Voi, e questo ve lo devo.
Michael Malley – USA
…I love the low g red series for the Ukulele. On my concert uke it works great…
Kreg Viesselman – Norway
My luthier, Leonardo Michelin-Salomon of LMS guitars, gave me a set of your strings to try on the guitar he made for me. Simply put, I love them.
David Stanley – UK
…My set of Alchemia lasted over four months without losing their tone or their volume. That is a big compliment to the strings. Other strings would occasionally last me six weeks, other strings normally only last me about two weeks!
James Everhart – USA
…I thank you very much for your service. As well as the quality of your product. I am a fan of Aquila strings for life.My ukulele says thank you very much! Have a Great Day!
George Charalampidis – Greece
…I love the sound of Aquila’s Nylgut for Oud and I do not want to buy strings from another company…
M° Domenico Lafasciano
Ho avuto il piacere di provare le corde armoniche Aquila.
Ottimo prodotto, con perfetta intonazione, bellissima cantabilità, prontezza d’attacco,
fascino nel vibrato.
Inoltre la loro lunghezza e morbidezza, rendono anche piacevole il noioso lavoro del cambio
di corde.
Le userò e le raccomando vivamente !
JUHA – Finland
Thank you very much for your kind support!!! Aquila has supported our events since we first begun and you have played a major role in helping us keep ukulele alive here……
Seoung Don Min
We’re so satisfied with your product.
Thank you for everything and honored I like this nice bright tone and rapid attack response.
also I think (as you written down the back of the pack) tone stability is quite nice
David Stanley – UK
On Nylgut strings…Many listeners have commented on their beautiful clear sound.
These are the best strings I have used in over 50 years of performing & teaching.
Andre Hendriks – NL
A ukuleleshop is not complete whitout Aquila strings
Del Ventruella – US
…My first reaction, when I installed this strings, was to tell myself to send Aquila a message and proclaim the guy who came up with these red label strings to be a genius! (Probably tired of hearing that by now…)
Salvatore Pinto – ITALY
…sono bellissime, grazie. siete stati molto gentili continuerò a usare queste corde.
REINHOLD KRAUSE
…ok, your loaded long gut string is the best from long time.So am am waiting until you can…
M° Marcello Appignani
I have tried a lot of different brands of guitar strings but I never heard a sound so fitting to me! I am an ”anomalous” guitarist because I play also on the piano so I cannot have long nails and with the classical guitar strings Alabastro I got the sound I looked for.
Michael Curry – USA
Alabastro, basses were nice and round, with plenty of edge to cut through, a very good string with lots of volume….
Nylgut- Extremely dynamic string, these are loud with better tone than carbon strings, all the brightness one would ever wantI would keep them on 2 of my 5 guitars though, because the grip on them is amazing, the unbelievable dynamic range, and they are warmer than carbon…. I must admit, I have been using very clear nylon strings over the yearsso nylgut was a nice in-between alternative, I think I will buy more in the future for sure..
The Bionylon felt great under my fingers, and I loved the sustain when I would do a glissando.
DEAN BECKETT
Thank you for your wonderful customer service, I cannot speak highly enough of your fantastic follow up and I will continue to use Aquila strings and a lot of that has to do with the treatment I have received from you and your Company.
John Kelly – USA
…I have used your strings for years and love them…
Phil Doleman – UK
…Anyway, as a user of your uke strings for as long as I can remember (at least 10 years I’m sure)….I’m not asking for free products, simply to share the fact that I love your strings!
Steve Paull – Australia
The new Red Aquila strings have arrived.
I have tightened the lower G string up to the B above G with no problems.
Many thanks for your kindness and great service.
Taro Tamura – Japan
I have web shop ”Spain Guitar Online Shop” in Japan. I have sell mainly Classical guitars,Flamenco guitars and Ukes. I am interested in your ukuleles strings. It’s fantastic.
M° Stefano Aruta – Italy
… ieri ho ricevuto le 12 mute di AMBRA che avevo richiesto, ho montato una nuova muta e sento il bisogno di ripeterti quanto detto al telefono a mio parere sono le migliori corde oggi reperibili.
…il mio parere è frutto di una esperienza quarantacinquennale …
Innanzi tutto ho sempre insegnato ai miei allievi che la musica è l’arte di organizzare i suoni ma la matrice di tutto è il suono in sè come mero epifenomeno ed al di la di ogni banale considerazione su potenza , durata , sustain ed altre simili amenità ti ringrazio perché attraverso la tua ricerca hai ridato nobiltà al suono della chitarra , si vede che dietro al tuo lavoro non vi è solo una mera ricerca commerciale , ma un affanno teso alla ricerca del bello in modo da mettere noi musicisti in condizione di dare il meglio…
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